Moscow may soon have the world’s most adorable police force.
The department’s canine unit is planning to train Welsh corgis to assist in their police work, according to Newsweek's translation of Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. Specifically, officials are hoping that the short-legged dogs can help them sniff out bombs and other contraband.
Right now, the force is training two puppies. “It is not certain that they will be able to join the ranks of service dogs, but even if they don’t the experiment will be interesting for everyone,” Elena Haikova, head of the canine unit, told RIA Novosti.
But there’s reason to believe those corgis will be star pupils, according to American Kennel Club spokeswoman Brandi Hunter.
“[Corgis] have great noses,” Hunter said. “They’re very smart, they’re easy to train … they can get into smaller spaces.”
Because of those qualities, she said, “they’d probably make excellent search dogs.”
Historically, corgis were bred to be herding dogs in Wales, corralling large animals like cattle by nipping at their heels. While there are two distinct corgi breeds — Pembroke Welsh corgis and Cardigan Welsh corgis -- both types have been around for more than 1,000 years. Pembroke Welsh corgis date back to at least 1107 A.D., while historians believe Cardigan corgis have been around since at least 1200 B.C., according to the AKC.
It's unclear which corgi breed Moscow police are training, though the photo accompanying the RIA Novosti article appears to show a Pembroke Welsh corgi.
This article has been updated to reflect the uncertainty of which corgi breed Moscow police are training.
BEFORE YOU GO
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more information
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
Polling hours on Election Day: Varies by state/localityMy Polling Place